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84 Parkway High Schoolers Head to D.C. for Inauguration

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Preparations continue on the US Capitol for the second inauguration of US President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, on January 17, 2013. Obama faces a near impossible task in his second inaugural address on January 21, uniting a nation in which the compromise that oils governing is crushed by deep political divides. Before a crowd of thousands and the eyes of the world on television and online, Obama will stand on the West Front of the US Capitol and swear to faithfully execute the office of president and defend the Constitution. (AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad)

Preparations continue on the US Capitol for the second inauguration of US President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, on January 17, 2013. Obama faces a near impossible task in his second inaugural address on January 21, uniting a nation in which the compromise that oils governing is crushed by deep political divides. Before a crowd of thousands and the eyes of the world on television and online, Obama will stand on the West Front of the US Capitol and swear to faithfully execute the office of president and defend the Constitution. (AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – When President Obama takes the oath of office for his second term Monday, among those looking on in Washington will be 84 students and 14 adults from the Parkway School District.

Social Studies Coordinator Toby Mcquerrey says the students decided last spring to attend the ceremony, no matter who won the election.

Mcquerrey says it’ll be something the high school juniors and seniors will carry with them forever. “I think these students will leave this experience with an emotional connection, not just to the president who is in office, but I think to the United States as a whole.”

Mcquerrey says in addition to attending the inauguration students will visit the landmarks in Washington, including Arlington National Cemetery. The bus leaves tonight.

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